Saturday, September 10, 2016

Onam Sadya Lunch Menu - Kerala Sadya Lunch

Onam Sadya Recipes
Onam Sadya Lunch Menu

Last year I posted the full Onam Sadya Menu.As I am already exhausted cooking,clicking for festivals  from august,I thought will skip sadya lunch this year only then I remembered last year he enjoyed the sadya and asked if I could make it often,which is very rare in his case so felt determined to make it this time too.I first quickly planned the menu,listed down the items and gave him,he promptly bought all the items.But this year I was not at all tensed as most of the items are familiar to me now so I understand it all comes by practise.I just made the pickles and boiled few veggies the previous day, then everything else I did on the serving day itself.The menu may look complicated but its easy only.

Thanks to hubby who took pains to get me all the ingredients,especially the banana leaf...He went twice and spent so much time to select one banana leaf as per my requirements :) He skipped the Residency treat with his office colleagues just to have this sadya...felt really happy and content after serving and seeing the reaction on his face while eating :)

And as usual I settled with only my favs...:)

Choru - Rice

Onam Sadya Lunch Menu

Preparation Time : 24 hrs | Cooking Time : 4 hrs | Serves : 3
Recipe Category: Lunch | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Pickles,Chips and Others MainSidedishes
Sharkara Upperi  Rice Kootu Curry
Nendran Chips  Parippu Curry Olan
Instant Mango Pickle  Sambar Beetroot Thoran
Inji Puli  Rasam Aviyal
Moru  Kaya Mezhukupuratti
 Vendakka Pachadi
PayasamCucumber Kichadi

Palada Pradhaman

Gothambu Payasam

Click the links above to get the full recipe in detail
Sambar Rasam Sides
This year I bought uperi alone from outside.It took me 2 days in total including planning for the menu, buying groceries,vegetables and cooking the sadya.

All cooked and ready to serve in the banana leaf :)

  • Day 1 - Planning the menu, Shopping for groceries and vegetables required.I made pickles.Soaked the pulses early morning.Later evening grated coconut, boiled and kept the vegetables ready.I boiled the vegetables, cooled it completely then stored in dabbas and refrigerated it.
  • Day 2 - Cooked the sadya menu and clicked :)

Day 1 - 
  • If you can you can go in person to get the ingredients else send someone with a proper detailed list as I did :)
  • Morning I soaked the pulses then finished the pickles.
  • Took a quick nap then started around 4 PM in the evening started to chop and boil the vegetables.Use pressure cooker compartments if you have it.
  • Except for ashgourd,vendakkai and beetroot I boiled all other vegetables.I grated beetroot and refrigerated it.
  • Set aside to cool the boiled vegetables completely then store in clean containers, label them and refrigerate it.
Veggie Sides1

Day 2:
  • First take bath, chose to have a simple but filling breakfast which will keep you energised till you finish cooking the sadya.
  • The first thing I did was to grind coconut green chillies and cumin together in bulk as most dishes had the same base.
  • I started with Parippu Curry,Sambar,Rasam.Then came to the veggie sidedishes, as most of my veggies were cooked my work got easier.
  • While the veggies were cooking, I kept the rice as matta rice takes longer to cook.By now you would have got an hold and everything will fall in place.Initially it will look like its picking up slow but when you come to the veggies part, it will get over soon.
  • Finally came to the payasam part.At the time of serving fried the papads.
Payasam, Mor

And it took me around 30mins to serve the sadya in the banana leaf, cross check whether I have missed out anything then start with the photoshoot :)

Payasam, Mor
I just cooked for 2 which was sufficient for 4 of us to have a complete lunch and also had little leftover which I kept for the next day too.Remember the spread is wide, so plan for a smaller quantity while cooking.

Happy Onam!! :))

Onam Sadya Lunch Menu
Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. What an effort sharmilee!!! Well done..loved the way you explained the method.. :)

  2. Yummy and useful post Sharmi
    What is the difference between pachadi and kichadi?

  3. Tempting to make it.i read in a book today it is traditional to keep 2 papadams in the ilai.

  4. Looks like mission accomplishedπŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ well done sharmi πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€— am drooling already

  5. What an effort but portrayed effortlessly. well done Sharmee πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ


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